Re-Accreditation Award

Re-Accreditation Award

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office was unanimously chosen to receive their fourth re-accreditation award from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission at its quarterly meeting on October 6, 2015 in Virginia Beach at the Annual Training Conference. The Sheriff's Office achieved their initial accreditation in October of 2003 and was re-accredited in 2007, 2011 and again in 2015.

Accredited agencies are required to be re-accredited every four years to maintain this certification. Members of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission include active Chiefs and Sheriffs appointed by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Virginia Sheriff's Association, with support services provided by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Accreditation Team

The accreditation team consisted of:
  • J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College
  • Lead Assessor Sergeant Carla Spencer
  • Lt. Milton Franklin
  • Ms. Maria Davenport, New Kent County Sheriff's Office
  • Salem Police Department
The team was also joined by and observed from the Newport News Sheriff's Office, Corporal Nathan Jones.

Areas of Evaluation

The assessment team evaluated the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office in four categories:
  • Administration
  • Operations
  • Personnel
  • Training
In the final report submitted to the Virginia Law Enforcement Standards Commission, the team was clearly impressed with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office. "The citizens' academy participants met the team and Derek Mayes, Program Manager. The opportunity for the team to connect with citizens was priceless." The report also stated, "under the leadership of Sheriff Diggs and his staff, is a professional, progressive, transparent organization that accomplishes its mission with pride."

Sheriff Diggs

The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission commended Sheriff J.D. "Danny" Diggs for his commitment to the community and citizens of York County and the City of Poquoson, and stated that this assessment was 100% compliant with all standards as set forth by the commission.

Sheriff Diggs would like to thank his staff for their commitment to the accreditation process and, more especially, Captain Troy Lyons. Captain Lyons is the Accreditation Manager for the Sheriff's Office and has been involved in the accreditation since 2018. Sheriff Diggs would also like to commend Sandy Turbeville. Sandy is the accreditation assistant and has been involved in accreditation for the last five years and is an integral part of this process.